VALHALLA: Jack 7″, 1984, N.W.O.B.H.M
2 track 7″” single
label: Neat Records 1984, NEAT36
features: b/w “”Still In Love With You””
Kevin Hunter (G)
David Warminger (B)
Dave Howard (V)
Mick Simkins (D)
Ian Parsons (K)
Valhalla – Jack – 1984 – Part of the NWOBHM movement but at a time when Neat Records were diversifying a little so a bit more of an AOR edge to this. Very obscure double A-Side 2nd single
This NWOBHM band lay at the lighter end of the movement’s spectrum. They are actually more of a Melodic Hard Rock band.
Their entire recording catalogue consists of two singles, the other one being 1982’s “”Coming Home””. A small but loyal local following obviously kept Valhalla going, but although vocalist Howard distinguished himself with powerful pipes and great technique, Valhalla’s glossy hard rock style simply begged for a bigger recording and marketing budget if they were going to compete with their major-label counterparts.
What’s so interesting about these two tracks?
The presence of piano isn’t a standard in NWOBHM, but Valhalla weren’t the only ones doing it (nor the first). The uncluttered melodic nature of the songs serves as a perfect vessel to deliver the good vocal melodies that are actually the focal part of Valhalla’s style. It’s all very straight forward. But so effective. Simplicity can sometimes be a beautiful thing.